Winged Migration

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Genre: Education/General Interest
Director: Jacques Perrin - French Actor/Producer
Theatrical Release: 2003
Rated: G (MPAA)
Length: 89 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: DVD
Language: French

Jacques Perrin (MICROCOSMOS) presents this dramatically beautiful documentary about bird migratory patterns, featuring breathtaking photography and hypnotic music. The film covers seven continents during four seasons, highlighting species both unique and common. From puffins in Iceland, whooper swans in Japan, bald eagles in Arizona, flamingos in Kenya, albatross in New Zealand, macaw in Peru, geese in Nepal, and plenty of cranes and storks in the director's native France, WINGED MIGRATION is literally a tour of the world from a bird's eye view. Filmed over the course of three year's time, the production for the movie was extensive to say the least. Using a crew of over 450 people broken up into five teams, new photographic techniques were invented specifically for the purpose of filming flocks of birds in flight. Balloon, helicopter, helicopter model, remote controlled glider, traditional glider, delta plane, and ultra-light motorized aircraft are the flying devices used to achieve the film's incredible camera angles. In fact, because birds were trained to be unafraid of the delta plane, photographers were able to fly alongside flocks, sometimes filming birds as they gazed into the camera's lens while also keeping in focus the dramatic landscape unfolding below. WINGED MIGRATION takes viewers on a unique journey soaring over the Earth as few films have ever done before.;

Language Usage   Closed Captioned
Release Language   English
Color   Color
HiFi Sound   N
Surround Sound   N
Digital Sound   N
Stereo Sound   N
CXEncoding   N
AC3Sound   N
THXSound   N
DTSStereo   N
Unedited Version   N
Collector's Edition   N
Director's Cut   N
Closed Captioned   N
Letterboxed   N
Extra Info   Repackaged
Jacques Perrin - French Actor/Producer
Jacques Perrin - French Actor/Producer
Jacques Perrin - French Actor/Producer
Jacques Perrin - French Actor/Producer
Dominique Gentil -
Bernard Lutic - Director of Photography
Bruno Coulais - COMPOSER
Christophe Barratier - Producer, HIMALAYA (2001)
Stephane Durand - Screenwriter, WINGED MIGRATION (2003)
Michael Benjamin - Director of Photography, WINGED MIGRATION (2003)
Sylvie Carcedo-Dreujou - Director of Photography, WINGED MIGRATION (2003)
Laurent Charbonnier - Director of Photography, WINGED MIGRATION (2003)
Luc Drion - Director of Photography, WINGED MIGRATION (2003)
Laurent Fleutot - Director of Photography, WINGED MIGRATION (2003)
Philippe Garguil - Director of Photography, WINGED MIGRATION (2003)
Thierry Machado - Director of Photography, WINGED MIGRATION (2003)
Stephane Martin - Director of Photography, WINGED MIGRATION (2003)
Fabrice Moindrot - Director of Photography, WINGED MIGRATION (2003)
Ernst Sasse - Director of Photography, WINGED MIGRATION (2003)
Michael Terrasse - Director of Photography, WINGED MIGRATION (2003)
Thierry Thomas - Director of Photography, WINGED MIGRATION (2003)
New York Times
04/18/2003
"The breathtaking cinematography of migrating birds in Jacques Perrin's mystical documentary WINGED MIGRATION transports you to an exalted realm where nature operates under its own inviolable laws..."
USA Today
04/18/2003
"...One of the most beautiful films to come out this year or any other....It is an exquisite plea for ecological rationality. Audiences are left with awe for the filmmaking crew and for the wonders of nature..."
Rolling Stone
05/01/2003
"...Perrin gets so close to the intimate beauty of flight, you feel privileged....A movie miracle; it soars..."
Chicago Sun-Times
05/02/2003
"...Awesome to regard....It wants us to look, simply look, at birds -- and that goal it achieves magnificently..."
Los Angeles Times
05/02/2003
"...MIGRATION is best understood as a kind of travelogue, taking us into worlds we have not seen and places we can't get to on our own..."
Sight and Sound
07/01/2003
"...Remarkable....WINGED MIGRATION's strengths come from its acute and unsentimental observation of these most symbolic of creatures..."
Entertainment Weekly
11/21/2003
"...Perrin creates images so crisp they seem almost too perfect to be real..."
Total Film
04/01/2004
"It's a trip full of adventure and breathtaking beauty..."
A.V. Club
04/08/2009
"[A] beautifully photographed film about the astonishing journey birds make each year from one habitat to another." -- Grade: B+

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